Some weeks ago now we were discussing Southsea’s Coffee Bars and the subject has been revived with a Comment by ‘Chris’ (for which many thanks). We have a number of ‘Bloggers’ called Chris so not sure which one here, but I’m particularly intrigued by the reference to the band – given the dates (1966/7), it can’t have been THE High Numbers since they were the Who by 1965 but maybe another band took that name? Anyone else have any memories of live music there?
“The Bistro – about 1966/1967 – when I lived for a while in Whitwell Road – I used to go in there some afternoons as a daytime coffee bar – and some summer evenings. Memory says it was painted mostly white walls. Tables for 4 at both sides in the front part with a few tables for 2 at back left? Used to be an interesting mix of youngish folk used it; and there were some fair-looking young women could be sometimes seen there and talked with… One evening/night I saw a live band upstairs there – smallish room – don’t think it had a stage – Band at the back – can’t remember if they were The Action or The High Numbers (?) – energisingly lively, loud sounds. Maybe the room would have held – 60 to 80 people? About 50 there that night? I think the stairs led down from corner of that music room – with a turn – to the back of the cafe…”